Routine cancer screening is widely recognized as an effective preventive strategy to reduce cancer mortality – the second leading cause of death in the US. However, cancer screening requires a complex array of tasks such as seeking up-to-date guidelines, making appointments, planning hospital visits, and communicating with health care professionals. Importantly, modern health care largely relies on technology to disseminate the latest information and administer the system. Yet, little is known about the technology-related skills that are relevant to regular cancer screening. This study examined the association between problem-solving skills in the technology-rich environment and cancer screening in later life. Using 2012/2014 Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies data, binary logistic regressions with survey weights were used to estimate the association between problem-solving skills in the technology-rich environment and four cancer screening behaviors among the corresponding target populations aged between 45 and 74 years old (n = 1374 for cervical screening; n = 1373 for breast screening; n = 1166 for prostate screening; n = 2563 for colon screening). Results showed that greater problem-solving skills in the technology-rich environment scores (0-500 points) were significantly and positively associated with prostate cancer screening (odds ratio = 1.005, P < 0.05) among men, but not with colon (men and women) or cervical or breast (women) cancer screenings. Improvement in problem-solving skills in the technology-rich environment may promote specific cancer screening behaviors. Our findings inform future policy discussions and interventions that seek to improve cancer screening among a vulnerable section of older populations.
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